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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Kings vs. Magic

Sports - Kings up next - sacbee.com: "Status: The Magic has its own issues. Two key starters, guards Steve Francis and Keyon Dooling, have been suspended. Francis refused to re-enter a game late and was sent home, and Dooling got into an on-court tussle with Ray Allen of Seattle on Friday, then had to be restrained by security later when he wanted to start up again. All told, Orlando has lost six of seven games and is 0-3 on this Western Conference swing. It didn't look that inspired in a 90-73 loss to the Clippers and didn't make near enough stops against Seattle (113-104) and Portland (113-108).

Trend: One man who always wants to compete is Jameer Nelson. The guard had a career-high 32 points at Seattle on Wednesday and had 19 points and 13 assists against Portland. Did we mention he's lightning quick, too? Hedo Turkoglu, the ex-Kings swingman, had a season-high 27 points Friday against Portland. And second-year forward Dwight Howard has star ability, with his rebounding and interior play.

Injury report: Grant Hill, sports hernia, day-to-day.

LINEUPS

Kings
10 Mike Bibby PG
23 Kevin Martin SG
16 Peja Stojakovic SF
9 Kenny Thomas PF
52 Brad Miller C

Magic
14 Jameer Nelson PG
9 DeShawn Stevenson SG
15 Hedo Turkoglu SF
12 Dwight Howard PF
4 Tony Battie C

Best matchup: Howard vs. Thomas - Thomas encounters one of the rising stars in the NBA, the first pick of the 2004 draft who has played like it, and he's still learning how to do all of this. Thomas is quick and explosive to the basket, and he can rebound, but consistency is key to his game. He wanted minutes, and he has them. Now the Kings need results.

9 Comments:

  • At 11:31 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    The good news is that Grant may possibly play tonight. I agree with all others here that with Grant on the floor, the Magic is a totally different and much smoother team.

     
  • At 2:36 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I want to see Grant back out there just as much as everyone else. But part of me would just like him to take another week or two off. When he comes back, he needs to stay back, for the sake of the team and himself.

    Tonight's game will be a tough one to win. Although the Kings are not "contenders", they have chemistry. Regardless, I think the Magic will hang in tough and make a game of it.

     
  • At 3:09 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I tend to agree with Introvert316's opinion on Grant playing. My only concern would be the fragile psyche of the team that needs winning badly.

     
  • At 3:30 PM, Blogger Pete said…

    Introvert is right on. We cannot afford another sidelining injury to Grant. We got to fall on the side of the caution. I, however, believe that we can win at SAC, but we have to play defense. With a game of the type played in POR, we cannot beat anybody.

     
  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    The problem is guys,when you take hedo & jameer and put them in the starting line-up,coupled with the loss of dooling & Hill,you virtually have no bench,who are we gonna count on to give us some bench help,Pat,stacy,terrance,cato...see the problem,diener gave us 11 off the bench the other night,let's hope he can duplicate that performance or were in trouble in sac,the kings give up points,but they can score with the best in the league,and in fourth quarters we struggle!

     
  • At 6:56 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    With Peja out SAC has struggled. I am with Pete and Big Figure that we cannot outshoot them, but playing a scrappy defensive game may give us a chance.

     
  • At 8:00 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    I really though we had a chance to come away with a win tonight. It would have been nice to see Hedo stick it to his old team, much like ex Magic players seem to do. However, i don't recall seeing much of Grant Hill in the 4th quarter. Did he play much? and if not, why wasn't the ball in his hands? I like the way Jameer comes alive in the 4th, but, he's got to remember #33 is out there and should get the benifit of some calls...

     
  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger Matt said…

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  • At 12:46 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Yes, Grant played 37 minutes last night. I think towards the end he was tired and more of a decoy allowing open shots for Jameer, Hedo and Travis. By the way, Diener impressed me again. This kid can flat out shoot. I expect him to bulk up a bit more by hitting the weight room.

    Magic played a decent game and could have come up with a win if not for heroics of Bibi and Miller. I am not sure why the coach did not use Deshawn to guard Bibi more after Jameer was burnt, time after time?

     

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